SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y.– The Schuylerville FFA Chapter of Schuylerville High School in Saratoga County, New York was recently named a 2020 recipient of two National FFA Organization grants. Both grants will be used to fund new agricultural education and FFA Chapter experiential learning initiatives at the high school.
The first grant was received as part of the Grants for Growing program, a competitive grant program for middle and high school FFA chapters that are developing and improving project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, the FFA Chapter received $4,955 to begin a maple syrup production operation. The Chapter plans to purchase their own maple syrup evaporator, canning unit, taps and other equipment for maple syrup production.
One of National FFA’s most popular grant programs, the Living to Serve Grant, provides an opportunity for FFA chapters to seek funding to support various types of service projects. Applicants of this award must identify a community need that falls within one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; or community engagement. Awarded in the amount of $2,600, the FFA chapter plans to build, in partnership with the high school technology program, raised bed gardens to then grow and donate fresh produce to both the school cafeteria as well as S.A.F.E.R, Schuylerville Area Food Emergency Relief.
“Our FFA Chapter is beyond excited to be a recipient of both of these grants. The funds from these grants will continue to allow Schuylerville FFA members and agriculture students unique, hands-on experiences while also providing the opportunity to give back to the community who have continued to support and invest into our program,” Mary-Elizabeth Foote, Schuylerville Agricultural Science Teacher and FFA Advisor said.
The funding for both grants is provided by the generous sponsors of the National FFA Organization, including: CoBank, Tractor Supply Company, Cargill, CSX, Dominoes and Elanco.
The Grants for Growing program is specifically funded through the donations of customers who purchase $1 paper emblems at Tractor Supply stores during checkout during National FFA Week.
–Caitlyn VanDeusen, Schuylerville FFA Reporter
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